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I'm setting up a new Windows domain and I'd like some advice on Active Directory Site design.

We have 4 physical locations.
A = Remote office; 0 Servers; 10 nodes; 1 T1
D = Remote office; 1 Server; 20 nodes; 2 T1s
S = Remote office; 1 Server; 20 nodes; 2 T1s
T = Corp HQ; 2 Servers; 80 nodes; 4 T1s - also hosts the VoIP
 
All physical servers are hosting multiple virtual servers.
Each site will have its own DC; Exchange DAG; Print Server; Terminal Server and backups.

I plan to use Branch Cache as well.
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What do you want to exactly know?

Create 4 sites and all subnets. Assign appropriate subnet to appropriate Sites. Configure Site Links and place in each site at least one DC with Global Catalog and DNS server. Optionally set up in each Site a DHCP server to issue IPs to your clients. That's mostly all :)

For reference, please read this Microsoft article about Sites, Subnets and Site links at
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc754697.aspx

Regards,
Krzysztof
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What is the physical security like at these sites and how far are they from you , same town, state or spread out across the country?


I'd use a hub and spoke design here, your four sites and then three site links

T to A
T to D
T to S

You want an exchange server at each site?  

Thanks

Mike
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Mike - Security is poor at all sites.
All sites are within an hour of each other.
Yes - I plan to have an Exchange Server at each location.
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Krzysztof - Do you agree with Mike about hub and spoke?
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Yes, absolutely :)
He covered Sites configuration more detailed than me :]

Krzysztof
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